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Breaking the Communication Barrier Between Architects and Builders Across Cultures
Industry Talk    AS125683
Sarah Mohland
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Description

This class will explore and question the standard forms of communication between architects, construction managers, and builders in various parts of the world. In some cultures, hiring an architect, designer, and/or construction manager is not a standard practice or form of service. Architectural drawings can be misleading and hard to understand to someone with limited education and background in the construction industry. The African Design Centre Fellows, together with MASS Design Group and Autodesk Foundation volunteers, workshopped and developed new drawing techniques and standards that can be applied in other contexts to break down the communication barrier between architects, builders, and foremen on construction sites in Rwanda. Using the Autodesk Foundation's Volunteer Rwanda Trip in October 2016 as a case study, the session will discuss the lessons learned and applied during workshops with builders and foremen to help architects and designers communicate more effectively.

Key Learnings

  • Understand how architectural drawings can be simplified to communicate design intent to builders and foremen with limited educational background in the construction industry
  • Understand why standard drawing techniques and methods can sometimes be confusing and hard to follow for construction managers, builders, and foremen
  • Employ lessons learned from the case study to develop simpler, more effective drawing standards for architectural drawing sets
  • Learn how to limit your visual communication techniques to produce only the drawings required and easy to understand on-site

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Sarah Mohland is a director based in the Rwanda office since 2011.<br/><br/>Focusing on an impactful build process, Sarah has led the design and implementation of several projects in Butaro including the Butaro Cancer Centre of Excellence, Butaro Doctors’ Housing, and is assisting in the construction of the University of Global Health Equity.With an emphasis on capacity development and training of Africa’s next generation of Architects and Engineers, Sarah led the curriculum coordination of the inaugural class of the African Design Centre, and the core program of the design/build.She has taught at the University of Rwanda, formerly known as the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.<br/><br/>Sarah is from Great Falls, Montana and earned a Master of Architecture from Montana State University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Montana State University.
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Emily joined MASS in 2016 as a Senior Design Associate based in the Boston office. She is currently the Project Manager for the New Redemption Hospital in Caldwell, Liberia, and manages BIM standards and practice in both the Boston and Kigali offices. Prior to joining MASS, Emily worked as a Designer at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, MA. At Sasaki, Emily was involved in several large scale projects, both domestically and internationally, spanning from recreational sports facilities to library learning environments. Emily received her Master's degree in Architecture at Roger Williams University with semesters abroad in Florence, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Roger Williams, Emily was awarded the Master's Thesis award for her work on informal architecture and slum redevelopment for a potters community in Dharavi, Mumbai, India.
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